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Sustainable Quality winners will be announced Monday, March 7.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, Sustainability

Nominations Open for 21st Annual Sustainable Quality Awards

Posted Sep. 29, 2015, 9:15 am

The SQA are the oldest and most rigorous sustainable business award in Southern California. Nominations close November 3.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Environment, Opinion, Santa Monica, Climate Change

Big Picture Thinking With Our New Friend, Climate Change

Posted Sep. 14, 2015, 7:21 am

I’m voting for getting smarter and making better use of our time. Who’s with me?

Santa Monica native Anna Cummins (right), and husband Marcus Eriksen, co-founded 5 Gyres Institute, a Santa Monica-based nonprofit dedicated to scouring the earth's oceans and collecting samples of plastic pollution.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

California Senate Passes Nation's Strictest Ban On Microbeads

Posted Sep. 8, 2015, 9:21 am

Legislation to ban mirco-plastic particle abrasives, commonly referred to as “microbeads,” from being used in products such as facial scrubs, soaps, and toothpaste passed the California State Senate on a 24-14 vote.

Olympic Studios Apartments uses solar panels to generate electricity for common area loads such as lobbies, laundry, and garages.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, Technology

Solar Santa Monica Initiative Wins Climate Protection Award At U.S. Mayors’ Conference

Posted Jun. 24, 2015, 9:32 am

The US Conference of Mayors honored Santa Monica with a US Mayors’ Climate Protection Award for its successful Solar Santa Monica initiative.

Kevin McKeown.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

McKeown Joins National Mayors' Call On President For Climate Change Action

Posted Jun. 21, 2015, 9:06 am

Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown, representing Santa Monica in San Francisco at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, on Thursday announced that he has joined the Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda.

Shore Hotel unveiled its state-of-the-art energy storage system and new fast electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities on Monday.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, Hotel

Intelligent Energy Storage Charges Shore’s Enviro Appeal

Posted Apr. 24, 2015, 9:09 am

Santa Monica’s Shore Hotel celebrated Earth Week by launching a state-of-the-art energy storage system Monday, alongside new fast electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities.

The 2015 SQA Sustainable Quality Awards winners.

News, Environment, Chamber Of Commerce, Santa Monica

VIDEO: SQA Event Brings Santa Monica’s Best Green Businesses Together

Posted Apr. 24, 2015, 9:07 am

Santa Monica’s 20th annual Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA) went off without a hitch Thursday April 16, featuring a luncheon brimming with locally sourced, sustainable produce, and a slew of green businesses touting their wares.

A screenshot from the water video 'Pretend.'

News, Environment, Santa Monica, Water

The Bay Foundation, LADWP Create Humorous Water Conservation Videos

Posted Apr. 16, 2015, 8:40 am

A lawn-owning, water-wasting consumer vs. a thirsty, angry crowd, and people pretending to recreate with water that’s not there, are the subjects of witty Public Service Announcement (PSA) videos that hit home with the public as the California drought heads into its fourth year.

Environment, Seven Days, Santa Monica

RSVP For Santa Monica National Arbor Day Tree Planting Event April 24

Posted Apr. 14, 2015, 9:19 am

The City of Santa Monica will celebrate National Arbor Day on Friday, April 24, by planting 20 trees at Clover Park. Participating in the planting ceremonies will be the City’s Urban Forest Task Force and Recreation and Parks Commission along with the Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica, UCLA Circle K, and Santa Monica Lions Club.

Team Marine members Zoe Parcells, Martin Liu, and Kimberly Fuentes were awarded first place out of 16 teams in the Environmental Management category at the Los Angeles County Science Fair on Saturday and will now advance to the state fair.

News, Samohi, Environment, Santa Monica

Santa Monica High Students Win First Place At LA County Science Fair

Posted Apr. 3, 2015, 9:04 am

Bending down to pick up a final cigarette butt on the side of the road, three Santa Monica High School students end an afternoon’s worth of cigarette counting and collection. Samohi Team Marine members Martin Liu, Kimberly Fuentes, and Zoe Parcells went through this ritual for one day a week for 16 weeks last year.

Santa Monica 'my-waste' mobile app puts reuse and recycling collection information on your smartphone.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Launches 'My-Waste' Mobile App To Help With Reuse, Recycling

Posted Feb. 28, 2015, 8:53 am

If you are one of the growing number of people who have a smartphone or tablet, you can download a City of Santa Monica App that puts recycling, special waste collection details and more at your fingertips.

New Holiday Tree Collection Program Deemed A Success

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Santa Monica's Holiday Tree Collection Program A 65 Ton Success

Posted Feb. 17, 2015, 8:27 am

More than 65 tons – or about 130,000 pounds – of used holiday trees were collected between Dec. 29 and Jan. 23 across Santa Monica.

Santa Monicans face big fines for water overuse under new citywide water-reduction policies that will go into effect April.

News, City Council, Environment, Santa Monica, Water

Stiff Penalties To Trickle Down For Water Overuse In Santa Monica

Posted Jan. 16, 2015, 9:19 am

Fines of up to $10,000 could face Santa Monicans who don’t toe the water-reduction line following Tuesday night’s City Council meeting where new citywide water-reduction policies were adopted.

Latest LADWP news and updates.

News, Environment, West Los Angeles, Ladwp

LADWP To Host Free Workshop In West L.A. Today On Solar Panel Installation

Posted Jan. 10, 2015, 8:31 am

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will host a pair of workshops today on the installation of solar photovoltaic panels.

Assemblymember Richard Bloom represents Santa Monica in the state's 50th District.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Assemblyman Richard Bloom Joins Lawmakers To Phase Out California Drift Gillnets

Posted Dec. 27, 2014, 6:25 am

With the full support of Turtle Island Restoration Network, OCEANA, and other marine conservations organizations, California Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael), Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay), Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria), Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), and Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) this week called on the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service to transition away from deadly California drift gillnets.

News, Environment, Marina Del Rey

Groups Call For Halt To County Plans To Cut Down 650 Marina Del Rey Trees

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:09 am

Environmental and community groups, working together as "Friends of Oxford Lagoon," called today for a halt to county plans to cut down 650 trees surrounding a marshy flood basin next to the Marina City Club towers.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

City Of Santa Monica Announces New Holiday Tree Collection Program

Posted Dec. 16, 2014, 9:54 am

The City of Santa Monica is moving to a more convenient holiday tree collection plan: residents no longer need to cart their holiday tree to a City park.

News, Environment, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Vigil On Dec. 23 To Remember Conservationist John Muir

Posted Dec. 15, 2014, 9:48 am

John Muir, the renowned conservationist and Sierra Club founder who passed away 100 years ago, will be remembered and honored at a public 'John Muir 100th Anniversary Memorial Candlelight Vigil' in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica city water is now used at all city functions.

Environment, Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist

Water Quality & Santa Monica Water Independence

Posted Dec. 13, 2014, 9:09 am

Water is the issue. We are in an extended drought. The City is focused on water. The goals are setting and meeting water conservation standards, creating opportunities for public reuse of stormwater through regulations, incentives, and rebates, meeting the Council mandated requirement for water self-sufficiency by 2020, and water quality.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Environment, Opinion, California, Technology, Government

Finally, Right-Sized Solar Getting A Push

Posted Dec. 13, 2014, 9:02 am

When ex-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made their way onto a hot and sunny alkali flat just west of the Interstate 15 freeway between Barstow and Las Vegas in late 2010, they were opening an era of giantism in solar electricity.

OSE Staff and Mayor Pam O'Connor receive 2014 Cool Planet Award from The Climate Registry and Southern California Edison representatives.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Receives 2014 Cool Planet Award For Its Climate & Energy Policy

Posted Dec. 8, 2014, 9:46 am

In recognition of its innovative leadership in the area of climate and energy policy, Santa Monica has received the 2014 Cool Planet Award.

News, Environment, Los Angeles

L.A. City Council Votes To Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline Ahead Of U.S. Senate Vote

Posted Nov. 15, 2014, 9:15 am

The Los Angeles City Council took an official stance Friday opposing the proposed construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline -- ahead of a vote by the U.S. Senate expected next week -- with one member challenging leaders from other cities to take similar steps to press Congress and potentially President Barack Obama to jettison the project.

A City of Santa Monica vehicle with a 'Dirty Car Pledge' sticker.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

City Of Santa Monica Joins "Dirty Car Pledge" To Help Fight Drought

Posted Nov. 13, 2014, 9:31 am

The City of Santa Monica is partnering with Los Angeles Waterkeeper’s “Go Dirty for the Drought” campaign to raise awareness and conserve water during California’s worst drought in history.

Get water conservation tips and advice from experts regarding rain barrels.

News, Environment, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica

City Of Santa Monica To Host Sustainable Landscape & Rain Barrel Event Saturday

Posted Nov. 11, 2014, 9:54 am

The City of Santa Monica will host a Sustainable Landscape and Rain Barrel Event dubbed as a one-stop shop for equipment, expert help, and cash rebates this Saturday, Nov. 15.

News, Environment, Police Department, Pasadena

Update: 15 Hikers Found In Eaton Canyon Park In Pasadena Area

Posted Nov. 10, 2014, 9:12 am

Search and rescue teams today found 15 missing members of a church group who failed to return as scheduled from a hike in Eaton Canyon Park in the Pasadena area, and they appeared to be OK, authorities said.

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